No less than 17 members of the LIV circuit will compete in the BMW Championship this weekend. Not surprisingly, the PGA’s staunch defenders aren’t too keen on the idea.
The competition, which takes place in Surrey, England, is part of the DP World Tour. For Billy Horschel, one of the PGA headliners who did not succumb to the temptation to join the organization funded by the Saudi public investment fund, the golfers on the LIV circuit are “hypocritical” to take it.
“I really feel like it’s a slap in the face to the other members of the PGA,” he said, according to the English newspaper ‘The Daily Mirror’. They come to compete for the biggest purse of the DP World Tour.
“They’re going to take money straight out of people’s pockets.”
Horschel was also filmed appearing to clash with England’s Ian Poulter, a 46-year-old veteran who left the PGA after two decades.
Fellow Englishman Rory McIlroy was no longer welcoming him. He said he “no longer has a relationship” with Poulter or Lee Westwood, his former teammates on the European Ryder Cup team.
“My opinion is they shouldn’t be here,” McIlroy said of the LIV Tour golfers. But that’s just my opinion, they’re here to play tournament golf.”